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Defibrillators in the workplace! 


About defibrillators

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest.

This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it's an essential part in trying to save the life of someone who’s in cardiac arrest.

Who can use a defibrillator?

You don’t need to be trained to use a defibrillator – anyone can use it. There are clear instructions on how to attach the defibrillator pads. It then assesses the heart rhythm and will only instruct you to deliver a shock if it’s needed.

In a recent survey, three-quarters of people said they wouldn’t feel confident enough to act if they saw someone having a cardiac arrest. With more CPR training and greater awareness, we can change that.


We spoke to Head of Survival at the British Heart FoundationSara Askew on defibrillators in the workplace, are they necessary, where can you find one? 

Let's Talk: Defibrillators in the workplace!

Biz spoke to Sarah Askew on defibrillators at work, should we have one in the workplace? How does a business go about it?

In January 2017, Jan Barton-Wolfe, a police officer in Surrey, discovered she had familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), an inherited condition that puts people at high risk of a heart attack at a young age. It was the tragic, unexpected death of a cousin that led to Jan getting tested for FH. Jan took part in Prudential RideLondon 2018, riding 100 miles to raise awareness of heart health and raising funds for the BHF.


Here is what Jan had to say on her experience and advise on this life-threatening condition:

Let's Talk: Living with FH, an inherited life-threatening condition.

Meet the Surrey Police officer who is raising awareness on FH, a life-threatening condition that puts you at risk of a heart attack.